The Buildings Accessibility Advisory Board reports to and advises the Minister of Service NL on the application of the Buildings Accessibility Act and its regulations to bring knowledge and understanding of issues related to buildings accessibility for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities to government and also on other related matters that the Minister may assign to the Board. In addition, Service NL has announced a fulsome review of the Buildings Accessibility Act and the Buildings Accessibility Regulations and as such Service NL is seeking individuals with expertise to facilitate the review process.
The Buildings Accessibility Advisory Board consists of a chairperson, vice-chair, representatives of persons with disabilities, one representative of the department, other than the director, and other members that may be appointed by government. There are currently nine members on the Board.
Those who make up the Advisory Board should collectively possess the following core competencies:
Members of the Board should have the following qualifications:
Members of the Advisory Board should be available to meet up to four times per year for 1.5 – 2 days at a time, plus related travel time. Members may also be asked to attend conference calls and attend other events, engagement sessions and meetings at the request of the Chair.
Board members are expected to spend additional time reviewing materials and making other preparations for board meetings.
Board members are appointed for a two year term and are eligible for reappointment. Section 18 of the Buildings Accessibility Act allows a board member to continue to serve until reappointed or replaced.
The members of the current Board all have related knowledge and experience with regard to physical and sensory disability and the challenging of accessing the built environment. It is recommended that future members have similar knowledge and experience.
Members are also reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses to attend meetings, in accordance with allowable travel and meal rates established by the Human Resource Secretariat.
The Buildings Accessibility Advisory Board is seeking to fill five positions, including a Chairperson. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.